Wednesday, 26 October 2016

tate and stevens or target audience

A-historically but surely born out of relatable frustration, a Parisian advertising agency Graphéine imagines how some of the most iconic works of art commissioned for movies, album covers and book covers might come out if they had been subject to modern clients and sponsors with an eye towards demographics and marketing standards. This opening credit sequence from Saul Bass would certainly not be as alluring and effective for setting the mood.


Thanks to the always marvelous Nag on the Lake, we’re given to ponder on the meta-consumer character of these 3D printed earrings, designed to catch cordless headphones when they inevitably (they say, although I’ve never liked using any sort of ear-bud) dislodge from ones ears. Without judging the merit of this concept, which I think is pretty clever for the niche or failing it redresses, the brilliance of this “product” is that it’s only a concept that one can make, reinvent or not. How do you think greater access to 3D printing technology is going to change the relationship between consumers and manufacturers and potential be a disruptive factor all around.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

district nine or house in the rock

If it weren’t for the assurances of the intrepid crew of Amusing Planet, I’d also fear that a War of the Worlds’ style tripod was being activated after æons of hibernation in order to conquer the Earth in the Helsinki district of Töölö, but this view from above is the half buried Temppeliaukio Church, excavated directly into solid rock.
From above ground only the copper dome with its skylight of this structure, planned originally during the 1930s (though not inspired by the radio drama that scared a lot of people out of their wits in 1938 since the alien invaders didn’t emerge from under our feet in the originally but rather from Mars) and was finally realised in 1969, alliteratively, by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, first consecrated as Taivallahti. In addition to regular church services, the church is also a popular concert venue owing to its excellent acoustic properties.

Monday, 24 October 2016


I like the big, healthy leaves on this orchid. I think if one were to start to show it something shocking, it would reply, “Excuse me, I need to adjust my bang.”